Variety of Transitions into Lone Parenthood

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_2A63F219E8EA
Type
Partie de livre
Sous-type
Chapitre: chapitre ou section
Collection
Publications
Titre
Variety of Transitions into Lone Parenthood
Titre du livre
Lone Parenthood in the Life Course
Auteur(s)
Bernardi Laura, Larenza Ornella
Editeur
Springer International Publishing
Lieu d'édition
Berlin
ISBN
9783319632933
9783319632957
ISSN
2211-7776
2211-7784
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Editeur scientifique
Bernardi Laura, Mortelmans Dimitri
Volume
8
Série
Life Course Research and Social Policies
Numéro de chapitre
5
Pages
93-108
Langue
anglais
Résumé
The identification of lone-parent households is a challenging task in an era of new family forms and related changes in the legislation regulating parental care and financial responsibilities. Official statistics hardly reflect the composite reality of households between which children circulate and in which relationships with biological and non-biological parents change during the life course. On the basis of an explorative qualitative study in Switzerland, we focus on the blurry boundaries used to define the transition to lone parenthood. We analyse the life course of individuals whose entry into the lone-parent state fits one of these patterns: (a) becoming a lone parent despite beginning parenthood within a couple (separation, divorce, or widowhood); (b) becoming a lone parent coinciding with becoming a parent (contraceptive failure, partner refusal of parenthood, or lone parenthood as a life choice). We explore the way in which individuals describe their transition to lone parenthood and to which extent they identify themselves as lone parents. We conclude that such transitions are often non-linear processes and are often characterized by much ambivalence. They involve an array of heterogeneous and multidirectional transitions that are not always captured by current surveys, and we suggest how we could improve future measurements of the timing and occurrence of lone parenthood.
Open Access
Oui
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